’71 MGB of Jack Wheeler

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’71 B of new member Jack Wheeler. Here is his story.

This is the third MGB I have owned. The first was a 1973, which I bought in 1976 when the car was basically new. Then in the early 2000’s I came across a 1972 ‘barn find’. Literally, it had been stored in a barn for many years. The owner died, and I bought it from the estate, and did a complete, but quite easy restoration.

I have been primarily a Triumph guy since I bought my first TR-3 while I was in college. Then later, I raced a TR-4 in SCCA for 25 years. But, having had 2 MGB’s, this latest one caught my eye a few months ago. It is a 1971, so it is similar to the 2 previous cars I have had. This car came out of Texas, and I believe it spent most of it’s life in the South, so it is very solid. While it does not need any body work, it needs some TLC to get it back to original condition, so I am enjoying searching for the missing and broken parts (mostly electrical and trim). I’m hoping the club can help me with finding some of the rare parts I will need. While I have been driving it quite a bit in the mild North Carolina weather, I look forward to the spring, when I can put the top down and do some ‘top down’ touring.

The person I bought it from had owned it for 20 years, and in that time had only put about 8,000 miles on the car. He finally decided to sell it because he was no longer driving it. It was stored inside all of that time, but I don’t know much about it prior to that, except that the previous owner bough it in Northern Virginia.

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